Lexi Thompson takes early 2nd-round lead in ANA Inspiration

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Lexi Thompson birdied the final hole for a 4-under 68 and the clubhouse lead Friday halfway through the second round of the ANA Inspiration.

The 21-year-old American holed a 30-foot putt on the par-5 18th to reach 7 under at Mission Hills in the LPGA Tour's first major championship of the year. She won the 2014 event.

South Koreans In Gee Chun and Sung Hyun Park were a stroke back along with American Lizette Salas. Chun, the U.S. Women's Open champion returning from a back injury, had a 69. Park and Salas shot 67.

Japan's Ai Miyazato, tied for the first-round lead with Spain's Azahara Munoz at 67, was two strokes back entering her afternoon round. Munoz dropped back with a 78.

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